Main Contact: Drew C. LaBarbera, RMLO
NMLS: 260569
2104 Green Hill Drive
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 903-814-2344 Fax: 214-237-4070
Español: 214-683-5023 Email: drew@planwealth.net

Main Contact: Drew C. LaBarbera, RMLO
NMLS: 260569
2104 Green Hill Drive
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 903-814-2344 Fax: 214-237-4070
Español: 214-683-5023 Email: drew@planwealth.net


Friday, September 30, 2022
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Market Commentary

Updated on September 29, 2022 10:09:52 AM EDT

This morning’s revised GDP release for the second quarter reaffirmed the economy contracted at a 0.6% annual rate during the April through June months. This matched forecasts and the previous estimate that was posted last month. Since this release didn’t’ show a major surprise and it is aged now, it had no impact on this morning’s bond trading or mortgage pricing.

Also posted early this morning was last week’s unemployment figures that revealed 193,000 new claims for benefits were made. That number was lower than expected and a decline from the previous week’s revised 209,000 initial filings. Declining claims is a sign of employment sector strength, meaning the data is bad news for rates. However, bonds were already showing sizable losses before this morning’s data was released.

Tomorrow has two reports scheduled that may affect rates, starting with Augusts Personal Income and Outlays at 8:30 AM ET. It gives us an indication of consumer ability to spend and current spending habits. This is relevant to the markets because consumer spending makes up such a large part of the U.S. economy. Rising income generally indicates that consumers have more money to spend, making economic growth more of a possibility. That is negative news for mortgage rates because bonds tend to thrive in weaker economic conditions. Forecasts are calling for a 0.3% rise in income and a 0.2% rise in spending. This report also includes the PCE index that the Fed primarily uses for gauging inflation. A surprise in it can also lead to a move in mortgage pricing. If we see weaker than expected readings, the bond market should react positively, leading to lower mortgage rates tomorrow.

Closing out this week’s calendar will be the University of Michigans revised Index of Consumer Sentiment for September at 10:00 AM ET. The preliminary reading that was released earlier this month showed a 59.5 reading. Analysts are expecting to see no change, meaning consumer confidence was as strong as previously thought. Waning confidence is good news for bonds because consumers that are concerned about their own financial and employment situations are less likely to make a large purchase in the near future, limiting economic growth. Therefore, a lower than expected reading would be favorable news for rates.

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Drew LaBarbera, RMLO DBA Planwealth Financial Services
NMLS: 260569 | Company NMLS: 353562

Drew LaBarbera, RMLO DBA Planwealth Financial Services
NMLS: 260569 | Company NMLS: 353562